Signs of Life: New Book Covers

While my blog has been quiet of late, progress on my novel is still whizzing along like a stolen bumper car being chased by angry, mustachioed carnival folk. I’m nearing the end of the final draft of Solace Within now, and after a proofread it’ll be ready to release. It was an infinitely quicker turnaround than my first novel, which dragged on for the better part of a year, but I’m already enthusiastic about starting the next project and seeing which areas I can improve on.

With my new book coming out soon, I figured it was a good time to revisit the covers. So I took a ‘break’ last weekend (hah) and had a stab at creating something a bit more professional. I checked out the bestsellers in my genre, found some decent imagery, and set to work in GIMP (free Photoshop). Here’s what I came up with, you can click them for larger versions if you’re so inclined.

Here are the old versions for comparison (I never finished the graphics for Zenith Rising).


So clearly a massive improvement over my first attempt. They actually look like book covers now, which is somewhat helpful. Think they’re decent? or are they all garbage that deserve to be set on fire and tossed into a larger fire? Let me know in the comments.

When I wasn’t busy of late editing or banging my head against GIMP, I dedicated some time to research some marketing and self-publishing concepts. It’s incredible how much you think you know until you tumble down a rabbit hole, emerging with more in common with Jon Snow than you possibly imagined. If you’re interested in the topic yourself, check out Chris Fox’s youtube channel. He’s produced multiple series of binge-worthy videos, from writing a novel in 21 days (highly recommended) to marketing concepts and book launches.

I also finally invested in Scrivener and took some time to learn the program. It’s a bit… Apple-y, which is at odds with my Windows nature, but the structuring it allows inside a project certainly beats having multiple word documents floating around, guiltily shuffling around in some pretend semblance of order. Anyway, Scrivener is powerful software and I can already see the potential in making my life easier. Not sure why I didn’t do try it sooner really.

Hopefully my next post will be celebrating the release of my new book. So until then, thanks for reading.

Book Covers designed by Gavin Zanker using licensed iStock imagery.

8 thoughts on “Signs of Life: New Book Covers”

    1. Cheers, they’re not perfect but they’ll do I think.

      How’s the adventure novel coming along? Getting more done since you backed off the weekly blog schedule a little?

      1. Cool of you to ask, Gavin. Since backing off, I’ve broken through the block I’d been struggling with. I can’t hit the gas pedal quite yet because of school, but I’m excited to do so!

    1. Thanks. They do make the old ones look a bit pre-school, don’t they?

      I’m enjoying your A-Z challenge, by the way. Looking forward to see what you come up with in x-y-z territory.

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